The 10 Best Waterproof Socks2 min read

By Ben Griffin

Hiker Extraordinaire

Find the best waterproof socks and behold the power of living in 2018.

Once upon a time, no one wore shoes.

Then, one day, shoes came along and made life quite a bit better.

(The story of the first shoes is actually really interesting.) With shoes came socks, another huge bonus for those of us who live above 5,000 feet or in the north.

Then, sometime in the late 1990s came the waterproof sock.

Gone are the days when your feet are either slightly (or totally) soaked on your hike.

Since most of you have had that experience, I don’t think there is any explanation necessary.

Now, 20 years after their invention, let’s look at the best waterproof socks.

Choosing The Best Waterproof Socks?

1. Material

The first factor which must be kept into consideration is the material of the sock.

Waterproof socks are mostly designed to be worn during outdoor sports.

So these have three layers in them in order to be durable and withstand harsh conditions.

The outer layer is generally made from hard-wearing and long-lasting materials such as Nylon in order to be abrasion resistant.

Nylon will also provide a snug fit and dries fast.

The inner layer is generally made up of Merino Wool or bamboo fibers so that the sock is itch free, moisture wicking, thermostatic and odor resistant, and will keep you dry and comfortable all the while.

The interlining membrane must be water resistant so that water does not ooze inside the sock.

2. Fit

The second factor to keep in mind is the fit of the sock.

A perfect fit is a must for a waterproof sock if you want to function well.

A sock too loose is likely to slide off and a sock too tight will cause you pain and blisters.

So choose a snug fitting sock which is well elasticized.

3. Height

You can choose the sock as per your preference for its height.

Waterproof socks which are meant for adventures are mostly crew length, ankle length or mid calf length and sometimes knee length.

So choose the sock which has the optimum length which you require.

4. Padding

You can also check whether the waterproof sock has padding on the heel and ball of the foot or not.

This is totally optional.

The reason I am suggesting to look for padding is because a padded sock is extremely comfortable to wear and comes handy during adventurous sports as they provide you with cushioning and protection.

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